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Old 08-07-2015   #1
 
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Low water day in Browns Canyon

Taking a day trip down Browns Canyon on the Arkansas on the 16th. Only one boat here, so would love some company!

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Old 08-07-2015   #2
 
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Do you know they start curtailing the supplemental flow on the 15th? May be really low water (like 400). Not sure what size raft you are doing, but I'd get out the ducky at that level.
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I have taken a 14' raft down Brown's as low as 350, everything is passable except raft ripper. Hecla down to Stonebridge is also very doable at low flows.
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Don't disagree with DoStep that it can be done. However, not much wave action at that level (save perhaps Zoom Flume), especially in a raft. Just rock dodging and getting stuck and unstuck. Not my idea of a good time and hard on your boat but to each their own.
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No, denali1322, I was unaware of that. Shoot.

DoStep - so is it a portage around raft ripper or something or is it just not a good idea at all in a 14' raft? My boat isn't exactly portage-friendly.
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I wouldn't do it with my 14' boat, but that's me. Every rock hit & scrape would bother me too much I'd suggest you look to rent duckies, I think CKS in BV does that.
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Good recommendation, David L! The fatal flaw is that I can't stand being in a duckie! Regardless, I may just do it and deal with the rocks. Despite my deep and growing love for it, I'm not too protective over my raft.
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I don't think there is any supplemental flow to cut off now. To my knowledge, they haven't moved any. Could be wrong. Logan?
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Bighorn Canyon is a possible alternative. Any beta there?
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Bring any type of craft on the 16th, Browns only really gets bad when its in the mid to lower 300 cfs range. Dont be scared about rubbing a few rocks, these rafts are made for that. Pinball can get a bit squirely at the exit moves and No. 5 in the staircase can cause you a problem if you arent ready. Widowmaker isn't bad but the thumb rock can be a bitch, just duck. Raft ripper is always the best. Charge hard left and pray you make it. I love this level and too me its about as fun as highwater. A lot of people are afraid of technical boating but it also makes you a better one. I hope to see you out there on the 16th in a raft!
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